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Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

The Leavenworth Public Library will host an event with Kevin Rabas, Poet Laureate of KansasTM, on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. in the Jahn Room at the Library. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. Contact the Library at 913-682-5666 ext. 218 for more information. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.
 
Kevin is a poet, jazz musician, and professor who teaches poetry and playwriting at Emporia State University. He also chairs of the Department of English, Modern Languages and Journalism. His collection of poems, Lisa’s Flying Electric Piano, was a Kansas Notable Book in 2010 and a winner of the Nelson Poetry Book Award. He is the winner of the Langston Hughes Award for Poetry, the Victor Contoski Poetry Award and the Jerome Johanning Playwriting Award, among others.
 
His most recent poetry collection, Songs for My Father: Poems & Stories, was published by Meadowlark in 2016. The library has his collection available to check out.
 
Rabas will present “Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary.” Through poetry, he will explore the beauty and value in everything around us. “Poetry shows us that every little bit of our lives is meaningful,” Rabas said. “Part of the poet’s job is to remind us to observe and cherish the world and our lives in it.”
 
As Poet Laureate of KansasTM, Rabas promotes the humanities as a public resource for all Kansans through public readings, presentations, and discussions about poetry in communities across the state.
 
The Kansas Humanities Council conducts and supports community-based programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities.  For more information about KHC programs contact the Kansas Humanities Council at 785-357-0359 or visit online at www.kansashumanities.org.